"Wicked for the Cthulhu Mythos" —Seanan McGuire on the Innsmouth Legacy
Ruthanna Emrys’ Innsmouth Legacy, which began with Winter Tide and continues with Deep Roots, confronts H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos head-on, boldly upturning his fear of the unknown with a heart-warming story of found family, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of human cruelty and the cosmi...more
Narrative is primarily in first person, that of Aphra, one of the last remaining full-blo ...more
But there are multitentacled and multidimensional immortal beasties, ghouls, Deep Ones, halfbreeds and Creatures of Air. Not to mention strange boxes, a focus on books, legacy, and the ultimate fate ...more
I enjoyed Winter Tide quite a bit so I pre-ordered this. Oddly enough, I was approved for an ARC on Netgalley AND a friend gave me the ebook as a birthday gift on the day it shipped. The stars were right that day.
Anyway, Aphra Marsh's goal of repopulating Innsmouth brings her to New York. She discovers a family with Innsmouth blood only to find the son has joined a cult led ...more
Aphra Marsh and her confluence are seeking other humans with connections to the Deep Ones so that they can repopulate Innsmouth before the whole town is swallowed up by developers. On coming to New York they have some success, but also become involved with the FBI again because of increasing activity from the Outer Ones, the meigo. The Outer One ...more
In Winter Tide, the plot felt almost secondary to me: what I loved about the book was the character development and the approach to themes of chosen family and how to rebuild one's life. Deep Roots, on the other hand, felt much faster-paced, and the plot seemed to ...more
What I find most interesting about this particular pattern of themes and the way they emerge in the novel is that the author presents a potential solution to a very real problem. We all want the world to be a better place. We want to vanquish oppression and fear, and be really, truly free. But in order to do that, we first need to be open and honest with the people around us about who we are and what we are, while at the same time being accepting of those differences. However, to get to that poi...more
DEEP ROOTS is the sequel to Ruthanna Emrys' WINTER TIDE and THE LITANY OF EARTH. It is a story set in a "perspective flip" Cthulhu Mythos. The basic idea behind the Innsmouth Legacy is the Cthulhu Mythos is not actively hostile but simply different. The Deep Ones are just another race of human beings, the Mi-Go are busy-bodies who want to make humans better, the Yithians (actually the Yithians are much worse). It moves the setting from the realm of horror ...more
Emrys has a commanding knowledge of the Lovecraftian Mythos. I love her interpretation of the world and what she brings to make it her own. Deep Roots explores the Mi-Go, and she does a fantastic job describing and showing their alien bodies and mindset. She's brilliant.
That being said, Deep Roots just didn't hold my interest that well ...more
I struggled for a while to write a review of this book, because I couldn’t seem to find the words to convey how much depth and heart(break) it contains, the startling realism, the grace with which the author explores the complexity of human (and not-so-human) people.
Picking up some months after the events of Winter Tide (a book you really must read first), Aphra, along with her confluence (a group who work magic together) and friends, has travelled ...more
The sequel to the stunning Winter Tide, Deep Roots explores more of Lovecraft’s mythos. Aphra and her confluence are on the trail of a mist-blooded relative and find so much more than they expected.
Deep Roots wrestles with so many of the things we wrestle with in our own lives, especially when confronted with our loved ones choosing paths we’d rather they didn’t. How do we believe that they haven’t been coerced? When is it right to let someone go, and ...more
I listened to this as an audio book but I wish I'd gotten it as an ebook. The narrator did a good job differentiating character voices but man, she has some of the harshest consonants I've ever endured especially her sibilants and interdentals. I chose to listen to this one because eye problems are giving me headaches. On several male voices the Ts and Ds were like bullets! This ...more
Hopefully I'll remember to try it again at some point, ...more
Our deep ones (people of the water) heroes want to rebuild and repopulate Innsmouth. They are seeking mistblooded (half breed) relatives in New York City. But something else is g ...more
There was a lot of action and suspense in this installment. There were a lot of times where characters seemed distant or out of reach, and I had a hard time deciding between whether or not this took away or added to the overall work.
I love Lovecraftian mythos but dislike some of Lovecraft's failings, so Emrys's books actually scratch t ...more
Aphra Marsh and her brother Caleb are the only survivors of the United States government’s raid on Innsmouth. Aphra wants to rebuild her community, but that means finding other descendants of the People of the Water, mist-bloods. She has a lead on a potential d ...more
The plot was interesting. I know some will find it slow because there's more talking than doing but I think talking can be just as fascinating, just as compelling if done right and Emrys does it right. She presents characters with wildly different ideas and ideals, ...more